The Glass Room

The Glass Room

Book - 2012
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DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation, so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of them goes missing she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. But her path leads her to more than a missing friend. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to the Writers' House, a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to workshop and work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else. She's too close to the main suspect. But the investigation is too tempting and she's never been one to follow the rules. Working with Sergeant Joe Ashworth, she starts the hunt for a murderer who is artistic as well as deadly. There seems to be no motive. No meaning to the crime. Then another body is found, and Vera suspects that someone is playing games with her. Somewhere there is a killer who has taken murder off the page and is making it real.
Publisher: Croydon : Pan MacMillan UK, 2012
ISBN: 9780330512701
9780230762862
9781509816002
Branch Call Number: MY CLEE
Characteristics: 374 p

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May 25, 2017

This is a murder mystery that I can recommend to readers. Cleves has the genre down pat: a troupe of like minded individuals drawn together by a series of literary workshops. And then there is a murder. And then there is another. And then V era Stanhope arrives on the scene to solve the murders. Suspense. False, misleading clues. And then finally the crimes are solved. Anne Cleves does Agatha Christie. Well.

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May 17, 2013

Best book I have read in years!

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Nords
Jul 24, 2012

One of the weaker Ann Cleeves books. I may however have been swayed by watching a couple of episodes of "Vera" so maybe while reading this my image of the detective and other characters was changed by the tv show. Regardless, I just didn't find the setting of this novel very intriguing. Kind of a classic "Clue" novel, with all the suspects in one location, which is kind of neat but I just didn't care about the suspects nor the whole writer's house aspect of the book. The last Vera Stanhope book was better (as was the Shetland series). Still, I enjoy this authors writing and it is still fun to try and figure out who did it.

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